21 Nov 6:00 pm: Makala
Director: Emmanuel Gras
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Emmanuel Gras’ gloriously cinematic portrait of a coal producer in Congo deservedly won the Grand Prize in Cannes’ Critics Week. Making charcoal from chopped and slowly flamed firewood is a backbreaking task but 28-year-old Kabwita Kasongo’s spirit is indomitable. He simply wants to provide for his wife and three young daughters and dreams of building them a home.
The film begins at dawn in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as Kasongo heads through the grasslands with a machete, before spending a whole day felling a majestic tree. Makala is a sensitive portrayal that with exquisite camerawork patiently draws the viewer into Kasongo’s world and tells a simple story of one man’s labour with an artistry that leaves an indelible impression.
Swahili with English Subtitles.
Produced in: France 2016
Running time: 96 mins